Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (clockwise, from the top: Warm Beige, Natural, Natural Tan

Hiding Shadows with Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit ($32.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a launch of a familiar product–but it’s been tweaked and improved. They made the formula more concentrated–a little goes a long way–so you can something more opaque. It’s also less creamy, so it won’t settle fine lines. The shade range (both the concealers and correctors) was also been improved so they would match each person better. The compact was designed to be small and made that way for portability. This review is just for the Creamy Concealer–Bobbi Brown also has a Corrector (which I will review later), but if you want to go for the full arsenal, it is best to apply the color correcting product first, followed by the concealer, and finally set it with powder.

I received three shades to test: Warm Beige, Natural, and Natural Tan. In the past, I’ve used the Light-to-Medium Tint of Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizing Balm, and both Beige and Warm Beige are recommended–but I’m definitely on edge of Light-to-Medium (Medium was only a touch too dark). Honestly, swatching the three together showed just how subtly each would change. Warm Beige definitely has those warm, yellow tones but it has a beigeness to it that isn’t as apparent in Natural, which almost seems lighter than Warm Beige (but yellower). Similarly, Natural Tan is a shade darker than Natural, but it starts to look almost orange on my skin (because it’s not a shade match).

I settled on Warm Beige as my match, and I think it worked out well. It added some warmth to my under eye area, which has some shadowing from tired eyes. There are fourteen shades (ranging from Porcelain to Chestnut) to choose from in the Creamy Concealer range. All of the concealer kits, except Porcelain (which includes a White Powder) are paired with a Pale Yellow Powder. Bobbi Brown also put a step-by-step guide and video on their website. There is also an excellent shade guide for how to match the Corrector and Creamy Concealer shades, which I thought was well-done and helpful.

I really liked the Creamy Concealer, which had a smooth, creamy consistency that applied opaquely and blended out easily. It was creamy without being like butter; there was some stiffness to it that enabled it to stay in place and instantly settle into fine lines. It is rather opaque but blends out slightly, though it seems like a heavier concealer overall. I did experience some creasing after five hours when I did not set it with powder at all; if I set it with powder (Bobbi Brown’s or something else), it lasted all day (twelve hours).

I wasn’t won over by the Pale Yellow powder, though. It does help set the concealer, but I felt that it did seem to be too dry (or perhaps, not fine enough) of a powder to work well for my under eye area. It also kicked up a lot of powdery dust every time I went to use, and I didn’t like how some of the excess powder migrated into the concealer well.

The kit is $32, while the concealer on its own is $22, but the concealer in the kit is 0.05 oz. while individually it is 0.06 oz. The included Pale Yellow powder is 0.06 oz., which is also available on its own at $34 for 0.38 oz.   The value of the kit is $18.33 worth of concealer and $5.37 worth of powder–a total value of only $23.70.

If you tote your concealer around regularly, perhaps the convenience aspect will be worth the $9 you pay to have them together, but it’s a rather hefty convenience charge.   I will also concede that you cannot buy the powder for less than $34 on its own (since it doesn’t come in such a small size individually).  I will note that online it states that there is 0.21 oz. worth of product, but the back of my compact says 0.05 and 0.06 oz. (and the size of the pan is the same as the individual ones).

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Review, Photos, Swatches

I think the concealer works well, and it did a nice job of covering my under eye circles while subtly brightening the area. I wouldn't call it a brightening product, but it did add warmth and lightness to my otherwise shadowy under eye area. Because I didn't love the powder, I do hope Bobbi Brown will consider offering Concealer and Corrector kits in the future--I think those would be more useful together. Please note, the rating is ONLY for the Creamy Concealer. The Pale Yellow powder would score 7.5, 8, 7, 9, 4, and 4 - for a score of C+.











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Warm Beige, Natural, Natural Tan

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56 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jazz

    Ill stick to the 22 dollar version minus the powder. Love this concealer- need a new one asap

  2. All 3 concealers look the same in the swatches.

  3. Chloe

    i brought this yesterday and really love it – prefect for travel and works amazingly with a complimenting corrector , as you said it would be great to have the concealer and corrector in one

    Which power do you prefer the benefit powderflage or the one in the kit?


    I would rather have the concealer and corrector in one kit and ditch the powder.

  5. Lady Di.

    I am so glad you did a review on this, I had no idea they changed the product..or added shades I should say. Bobbi brown concealer and corrector are my all time favorite concealers, I sometimes wear just the corrector alone and I have never used the powder since I use my own face powder to set it. I love this product so thank you for the review!

  6. I like how natural the concealer looks when its on. =]

  7. I have yet to try some of bobbi’s concealers buthis soundslike something I could pick up considering the concealer freak I can be. The color range is ok, not sure if I can find my match though. Interesting though…..

  8. Anett

    Is it just me or the product is smaller amount then before??? Sorry but this is just not fair…. and cannot be explained by the “highewr concentration” its a B+ miss.. wished to be a hit.

    • Alice

      I have the original Creamy Concealer/Loose Powder kit, and it’s 0.06oz for the concealer on top and 0.03oz of the loose powder on bottom. I prefer the loose powder versus pressed… and if anything, just the concealer itself. Still my favorite concealer next to Eve Pearl Salmon concealer and Chanel Correcteur Perfection.

  9. fanny

    Wow!! Thank u so much for this! I really needed this for my panda eye! Can u help further explain how u set it with powder? After I put any type of liquid foundation, and put powder (usually juz light powder (anna sui purple powder with black container)) my under eye area will look totally dry and have many many manyyyy fine lines! If this is not e case for u, can u help with explaining how u can achieve a flawless no lines look for under eye? Thank u so much!

  10. Do you think the pale yellow powder would work well if it wasn’t drying or powdery? As in does the pale yellow color really help?

    And thank you for the calculation! I never would’ve realized that without the little paragraph! Now I’m for sure only getting the concealer and not the kit.

    • It might – for me, it almost made my eye area seem too corrected, but I don’t have severe dark circles. Theoretically, the yellow SHOULD help though :)

      • *raises hand* Severe panda eyes here. =( Do you know of any yellow-ish powders as an alternative to the pale yellow powder here? Or should any powder that has yellow undertones do?

        Thanks in advance! =D

        • Honestly, I’d go with a corrector and just use a regular setting powder (whatever you use normally) – the corrector is likely to do a better job than a powder will (more opaque). Really refined powder, possibly with silica, can set and them give a soft focus effect to minimize fine lines but I think a corrector would be the way to go.

  11. Pink

    Where are the medium dark and dark shades?

  12. Marie

    Thanks for the review. :)
    Please tell me, what are you wearing on your eyes? It looks lovely.

  13. Melissa

    Christine, you don’t need concealer AT ALL. I envy you!

  14. Lora

    Christine, how would this fare for covering redness&blemishes? And could you recommend any other concealers that work well for that purpose? Thanks!

    • It would be fine for redness but for blemishes, if they are dry at all, I would recommend something with a more liquid consistency, like MAC Moisturecover.

  15. Lucy

    This is a much better idea than the old creamy concealer kits, the old one I have contains a loose powder and it gets absolutely everywhere! I’ll have to give this one a try.

  16. Out of the two choices- do you prefer BB Creamy Concealer or MAC Studio Finish Concealer? I’ve noticed both seem to be “go -to”s for a lot of beauty bloggers!

    • I’m not a fan of Studio Finish Concealer — it is too dry for me personally… I would pick Bobbi Brown’s over Studio Finish, but I’d go without concealer before using Studio Finish myself.

  17. Emily

    I bought the pale yellow powder (x2) at a CCO recently. It’s a nice (rare find) setting powder for those with yellow undertones.

  18. Bianca

    Those look so orange!

  19. valerie

    would this work as an acne concealer?

  20. Christina

    Hmmmmm, still not sure if I will get it or not. Maybe I will get a corrector and the concealer, but not the set? I have always wanted to try Bobbi Brown Concealers! Christine, I really like your eyeshadows in this one – whatcha’ wearing? (I am a new eye shadow junkie!)

  21. Maggie

    I wonder if those shades are too dark for you (even Warm Beige), as it does seem a bit orange. I’m a little darker than NC20, but I use the concealer, albeit in the previous formula, in Sand. It’s more yellow and not as orange. Maybe you should try Sand or Natural, and it might give you a more brightening effect. Although you might not need a concealer at all, you look lovely as always. :)

  22. Gina

    What kind of brush do you use to apply your concealer with, Christine?

  23. I’ve always looooved Bobbi’s concealers- im excited to try these new formulas out!

    • Jane

      BB concealer is one of the most amazing cosmetics I have ever owned. Life changing.. when you are older and have lots of things to cover, this stuff means business.. it’s magical.

  24. Im so glad you did this review! Ive been going back and forth on whether or not I really want this! Now I just might get the concealer only

  25. Nana

    Oh that’s interesting, I adore the pale yellow powder because it works very well on me. All in all I love the whole set (including the eye repair cream and corrector).

  26. Annie

    woah!!!! you don’t even require concealer!!!!!!!

  27. Sara

    Thanks! a great review. Just one more question: Are the single concealers being reformulated too? A BB makeup artist tried the corrector, concealer and powder once on me and it was too much, my eyes felt heavy! However I’d like to try the concealer alone if it’s less creamy and more opaque

  28. Susy

    I loveee this concealer!My friend is C3 in Mac Studio Fix Powder what shade do you recommend for a bright eye look and shade to cover dark circles? Thnaks

  29. Franca Vendittelli

    Hi! Christine,

    I would like to buy this Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, but I don’t have idea which color I must choose. Please, could you help me?? My color of MAC concealers is NC35 or NC30.
    Thank you so much!!

    • Krissy

      I’m also NC30 and I’m dying to know what shade suit me in the BB creamy concealer. Recently I purchased their corrector in Light Peach and I must say I love it, it truly makes a great difference on my severe dark O’s.

  30. svea

    Hi! Since the yellow powder that came with the creamy concealer kit did not work so well on you, what brand of powder would you recommend instead to set the creamy concealer for the under eye area? I checked the Benefit Powderflage but I want to know if there are other options to choose from. Thanks a lot for the great review, as always! =)